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Dengue cases plummet in Wolbachia-treated areas of several countries

November 21, 2019
Cases of dengue infection declined significantly in areas of Australia, Brazil, Indonesia and Vietnam where lab-grown mosquitos carrying…
Hooked on ID

Hooked on ID with Elizabeth Connick, MD

Infectious Disease News, November 2019
I fell in love with immunology as a first-year medical student at Harvard in a class taught by the Nobel Prize-winning immunologist Baruj Benacerraf…
Pharmacology Consult

The coming of age of rapid ART initiation in HIV

Infectious Disease News, November 2019
Jeff Brock, PharmD, MBA, BCPS-AQ ID
When to begin ART once HIV diagnosis is confirmed has been an area of research and debate for many years. The standard of care in the United States…
At Issue

Should doxycycline be used as PrEP for STD prevention?

Infectious Disease News, November 2019
In recent years, there has been a trending rise in STDs in the United States, forcing experts to look for alternative prevention strategies
Cover Story

‘Paying the price for decades of inattention’: STDs resurge in US

Infectious Disease News, November 2019
According to new figures published by the CDC, reported cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia hit approximately 2.4 million in 2018 — the…
Eye on ID

Leptospirosis: A challenging diagnosis

Infectious Disease News, November 2019
Donald Kaye, MD, MACP
Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection produced by spirochetes in the genus Leptospira. Leptospira are aerobic but are difficult to cultivate and…
Editorial

A stewardship send-off: Optimizing antimicrobials upon discharge

Infectious Disease News, November 2019
Cynthia T. Nguyen, PharmD; Jerod Nagel, PharmD
Much of published antimicrobial stewardship literature has focused on reducing the use of broad-spectrum antibiotic therapy. However, in addition to…
Perspective

Seasonal severity, vaccine effectiveness not associated with flu vaccination rates

November 21, 2019
Neither seasonal severity nor vaccine effectiveness were associated with influenza vaccination rates over eight recent influenza seasons, although…

Q&A: Illicit fentanyl use raises risk for infection in injection drug users

November 21, 2019
In a study conducted in Los Angeles and San Francisco among 395 people who inject drugs, researchers found that participants who reported perceived…
In the Journals

Contaminated ice used for BAL causes pseudo-outbreak of M. mucogenicum

November 20, 2019
Researchers linked a bronchoscopy-associated pseudo-outbreak of Mycobacterium mucogenicum to contaminated ice used for bronchoalveolar lavage in 15…
In the JournalsPerspective

Neovaginal chlamydia documented for first time in transgender women

November 20, 2019
Researchers documented what are believed to be the first reported cases of neovaginal chlamydia in two transgender women who had recently undergone…
Cover Story

Norovirus vaccine development accelerates after success against rotavirus

Infectious Diseases in Children, November 2019
Norovirus has become the leading cause of medically attended acute gastroenteritis in countries with national rotavirus vaccination programs…
Pharmacology Consult

Antihistamines, part II: Long-term adverse effects?

Infectious Diseases in Children, November 2019
Edward A. Bell, PharmD, BCPS
The last Pharmacology Consult column, “Antihistamines for the common cold: Where’s the evidence?” (September 2019), reviewed…
Feature

Q&A: More vaccine-preventable diseases lead to more pro-vaccine bills

November 19, 2019
An increased incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases is associated with an increase in proposed bills restricting vaccine exemptions, according to…
In the Journals

Ebola RNA persists for months in breast milk, semen of survivors

November 19, 2019
Study findings demonstrated the long-term presence of Ebola RNA in breast milk and semen samples from survivors of the West African epidemic…
In the Journals

‘Missed opportunities’: Study finds low rate of STD testing among HIV-positive MSM in US

November 19, 2019
Surveillance data from six U.S. cities showed that only half of HIV-positive men who have sex with men, or MSM, were tested for chlamydia or…

10 stories for World Antibiotic Awareness Week

November 18, 2019
World Antibiotic Awareness Week is being recognized this year from Nov. 18 to 24. Launched in 2015, the campaign “aims to increase global…
In the Journals

Distributing HIV self-tests online increases testing frequency in MSM

November 18, 2019
Distributing free HIV self-tests may be an effective way to increase testing frequency among men who have sex with men, according to results from a…
In the Journals

Variation in antibiotic prescribing at urgent care centers is ‘intense’

November 18, 2019
An analysis of more than 1.1 million urgent care encounters in a large health care network revealed an “intense” variation in their…

Q&A: Discovery of new HIV strain a reminder of challenging pandemic

November 16, 2019
Researchers recently discovered a new strain of HIV from patient samples collected in 1983, 1990 and 2001 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or…